A critical review of the smart city in relation to citizen adoption towards sustainable smart living

Min Jee Nikki Han, Mi Jeong Kim

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This review paper seeks to emphasise the significance of citizens’ adoption of smart urbanism for sustainable smart living. A total of 37 articles have been selected and critically reviewed based on the Sustainable Smart Living framework developed for this paper. This review explores the concept of smart equity among citizens, which empowers them as end-users in cities experiencing the rapid growth of smart urbanism. Citizen adoption is an essential issue for critical consideration to ensure the sustainable smart living throughout urban life. The framework for sustainable smart living has been developed by focusing on citizen adoption in light of essential, interrelated variables, including government role, cognitive entity and intelligence. Based on this framework, the selected articles have been evaluated and analysed in terms of their significance for the sustainable smart living variables. The purposes of this review are twofold: first, to develop a framework for sustainable smart living focusing on citizen adoption; second, to examine the current status of smart city research from a human-centric viewpoint by adopting the framework as a guideline for evaluating and analysing the selected articles on smart urbanism. The results of this review may be extended by future studies on sustainable smart living that focus on smart cities that address citizen adoption from a human-centric viewpoint.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102312
JournalHabitat International
StatePublished - 2021 Feb


  • Citizen adoption
  • Human-centric
  • Smart city
  • Smart urbanism
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable smart living


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